These mobile apps keep important business tools at your fingertips.
Dusty old ledger books and heavy filing cabinets are all going the way of the Commodore 64. Now, savvy business owners can virtually run their companies out of their pockets, as long as they have the right apps. The following six essential small business apps will help you do payroll, track business expenses and keep track of your credit cards. After a quick trip to the Google Play Store or the iTunes App Store, you’ll have a personal assistant in your pocket that is ready to work wherever there is cell phone reception.
If you're tired of cutting checks early when you go on vacation, you’ll love the flexibility offered by the SurePayRoll app. This powerful payroll app is specially designed for businesses with one to ten employees. You can view your payroll reports from anywhere in the world, as long as you have cell service. And with a quick click of a few buttons, you can pay all of your employees with either a paper check or direct deposit. The winner of the 2013 Moxie Award, SurePayRoll works on Android and iOS operating systems, and it can be used with a comprehensive online tool as well.
The ideal way to keep track of your receipts, ReceiptMatch by American Express is an expense-tracking tool that makes life easier for both the spenders and the bookkeepers. After making a purchase, simply click and send a copy of your receipt directly to your home office. You can even add notes if you like. Available for both Android and iOS operating systems, ReceiptMatch is exclusively for business-card users of American Express Open.
Thanks to Ledger, there is no need to carry around a heavy ledger or even to own one at all. This business app allows you to create financial reports and print and email those reports to everyone on your team. The app's fully integrated calculator lets you check out the math behind potential ROIs and other complicated calculations, including transfers and splits.
Forego that shoebox of receipts and use Expensify to create expense reports. Snap photos of business receipts or import expenses from a credit card, and the app compiles them into a comprehensive expense report ready to be emailed for approval. Once it’s approved through Expensify, a reimbursement is sent directly to your checking account. Competitive pricing gives businesses two free users per month. Each additional user costs $6 or $11, depending on the plan. Available for iPhone, iPad, Android phones, BlackBerry and Windows Phone.
5. Lemon Wallet
At some point, either you or one of your employees may lose the company credit card. Reversing illegally made purchases from a credit card is never easy, and stolen cards can damage your credit for years down the road. Lemon Wallet stores a copy of all of your credit cards, ID cards and more. If anything gets lost or stolen, you have the data you need to contact the right people at your fingertips. Lemon Wallet can also be used to pay during online transactions, saving you time and making your life easier.
FreshBooks is an accountant's dream. This small but mighty Android and iOS app can help you organize receipts, send invoices and track employee hours for up to fifty employees. It relies on cloud computing software, and it can sync with other business apps, making it the perfect app for a company full of independent telecommuters.
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